Erik Jones Biography
Erik Jones is an American professional stock car racing driver. The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, he currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 5 Toyota Tundra for Wauters Motorsports. His nicknames are EJ, his initials, and That Jones Boy, given to him by announcer Ken Squier.
Jones began his racing career at the age of seven, in quarter-midget racing; he began racing stock cars at age 13 and began competing in the ASA Late Model Series in 2010, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Oktoberfest race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Moving to the Champion Racing Association’s CRA All-Star Tour in 2011, he won the series championship in his rookie year; Erik Jones also was the winner of that year’s Governor’s Cup 200 late model race at New Smyrna Speedway, leading every lap of the event; he was the first driver not born in the state of Florida to achieve that feat in over thirty years.
In March 2013, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that it had signed Erik Jones to drive in five age-eligible Camping World Truck Series races in the team’s No. 51 Toyota Tundra, driving at Martinsville Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, and Iowa Speedway, as NASCAR relaxed the “Kyle Busch Rule” in that series where the minimum age was reduced from 18 to 16 at ovals shorter than 2,000 meters and road courses. Jones finished second in his third career start in the series at Iowa. In October, Jones added another prestigious late model trophy to his collection, winning the Winchester 400.
On June 19, 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Erik Jones will run three races with the team’s No. 20 in the Nationwide Series after he became age-eligible. Moreover, Erik Jones would make his Nationwide Series debut a month later in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. He would finish in the top ten in all three races.
In 2015, Jones ran 25 races in the renamed Xfinity Series, splitting the No. 20 and No. 54 Toyotas for JGR. On April 10, 2015, Jones won his first Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 20. Later in the year, Jones completed a weekend sweep, winning at Iowa in the Truck Series for the first time in 2015 and at Chicagoland in the Xfinity Series in the No. 54, battling Ryan Blaney for his second career Xfinity Series win.
Jones unofficially debuted in the Sprint Cup Series during the 2015 Food City 500, when he relieved Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 due to Hamlin’s neck spasms. After taking over the car, which had been in fifth, he dropped to 37th for the restart, and despite falling to the point where he was two laps down, Jones managed to finish the race in 26th. Since Hamlin started the race, he was credited with the 26th-place finish.
It was then announced that he would drive the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch, who was recovering from a leg injury, at Kansas. In his official debut, Jones qualified 12th and ran as high as first before crashing while running fourth. Jones ended up finishing 40th, 25 laps down.
Erik Jones, born May 30, 1996, in Byron, Michigan, is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School. Moreover, Jones received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway before the WinStar World Casino 400K Camping World Truck Series race on June 6, 2014. He currently lives in Cornelius, North Carolina. Erik Jones has a younger sister, Lindsey. Moreover, he has been dating dirt track racer Holly Shelton since 2018.
- Full Name: Erik B. Jones
- Date of Birth: May 30, 1996
- Age: 25 years
- Birth Place: Byron, Michigan, United States
- Car no., team: No. 20 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
- Truck no., team: No. 5 (Wauters Motorsports)
- 2018 position: 93rd
- Current teams: Toyota Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing manufacturer team, etc.
- Siblings: Lindsey Jones
- Net Worth: $3 million
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